Found June 19, 2012 on
Now here's a story pertaining to performance-enhancing drugs that's actually worth worrying about.
One day after Roger Clemens was cleared of perjury charges in what can only be described as a colossal waste of taxpayer dollars, Major League Baseball slapped Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis with a 50-game suspension after testing positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a PED.
On its own, the news wasn't an industry-rattling bombshell. Galvis, while one of the more promising prospects for the beleaguered Phillies, had managed an OPS of only .617 this year. He hadn't played since June 6 because of a long-term back injury. He is on the disabled list. But he will begin serving the suspension immediately.
And that is the interesting/troubling part.
Baseball has been suspending major-league players for PED use since 2005, under what is rightly called the toughest drug-testing program in North American professional sports. But it's baffling that MLB and the players' union have failed to close the loophole that allows players to serve their suspensions while on the disabled list.
The parties had another chance during negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement last offseason. Once again, they couldn't agree on a commonsense solution. The inconsistency is there, just as it was for Cincinnati Reds pitcher Edinson Volquez in 2010. Volquez served his PED suspension while on the disabled list after Tommy John surgery.
In theory, what's to stop a player from sustaining a long-term injury and taking PEDs to help him recover, knowing full well that any possible suspension would expire before he's ready to play again?
By declining to patch the loophole, baseball and its union gave unnecessary ammunition to critics who say the sport hasn't done enough to address the specter of steroid use - when in fact commissioner Bud Selig has made considerable progress in the area.
Just this month, MLB and the players' union announced their agreement to add a blood test for HGH during spring training, the offseason and for reasonable cause. There will be more random PED tests during the regular season and offseason. Expanded HGH testing during the regular season is under discussion, too. In those important respects, the program is better than it was last year; Selig and MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner deserve credit for that.
Yet, they didn't make the simplest fix of all: If a player tests positive for a PED, time on the disabled list shouldn't count toward his sentence. A panel of doctors - jointly agreed upon by MLB and the union - ought to determine when he would otherwise be fit to return, at which point the suspension would commence. The union may have argued that players' rights would have been jeopardized by such a system, but those concerns could have been allayed with a union-approved doctor on the panel.
Are these isolated cases? Yes. Was the union's stubbornness on this issue egregious enough that it would have been worth jeopardizing the ratification of the new CBA? As a practical matter, no.
But in the end, baseball's drug testing program is supposed to be about fairness. And the notion of Galvis serving his suspension while on the DL just doesn't seem right.
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The downward spiral of the Phillies continued today when the team announced that Freddy Galvis would be suspended for 50 games by the MLB after testing positive for a banned substance.
Galvis, who was already on the DL and wearing a back brace due to a pars fracture in his back, tested positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a substance banned in the league’s collective bargaining...
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Philadelphia's rookie second baseman Freddy Galvis has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for a banned substance.
Philadelphia Phillies rookie infielder Freddy Galvis has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for using a banned substance.
Galvis is currently on the disabled list with a back injury and will begin serving his suspension immediately. MLB says Galvis tested positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance.
Galvis says a ''trace amount...
Philadelphia Phillies rookie infielder Freddy Galvis was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for testing positive for a banned substance.
Galvis is currently on the disabled list with a back injury and will begin serving his suspension immediately. MLB said Galvis tested positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance.
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Bad Galvis:We Should Be GMs was right again. Yeah, we have a pretty good track record with this sorta stuff. Anyway, we were correct in our analysis of Freddy Galvis- can field, but can't hit. Turns out, he really can't hit as he was aided by PEDs, so his .617 OPS looks even more pathetic now. Especially considering his OPS was mostly "inflated" due to all...
Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis was suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a performance enhancing drug, the Office of the Commissioner announced announced on Tuesday.
Galvis tested positive for a metabolite of Clostebol.
“I’d like to apologize to my all my fans, especially here in Philadelphia and back home in Venezuela, to my teammates and to the Phillies organization...
PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia Phillies rookie infielder Freddy Galvis was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball on Tuesday for testing positive for a banned substance. Galvis is currently on the disabled list with a back injury and will begin serving his suspension immediately. MLB said Galvis tested positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance....
Philadelphia Phillies rookie infielder made a statement about his performance enhancing drug suspension.
“A trace amount of a banned substance – 80 parts in a trillion – was detected in my urine sample. I am extremely disappointed in what has transpired. I cannot understand how even this tiny particle of a banned substance got into my body. I have not and never would knowingly...
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According to numerous reports, Phillies second baseman Freddy Galvis has been suspended by MLB for 50 games after testing positive for a banned substance. According to Todd Zolecki, Galvis tested positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a performance enhancing substance.
Galvis had this to say about the test.
"A trace amount of a banned substance - 80 parts...
10) He must be innocent, since he was hitting all of .226 before getting suspended9) This easily qualifies as among the top 500 most disappointing things to happen to Phillies Fan this year8) Ruben Amaro Jr. says that he team totally supports the program and the decision, probably because Galvis kind of sucks7) It's a known fact that steroid use can greatly enhance your defensive...
Philadelphia Phillies infielder Freddy Galvis was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball on Tuesday after testing positive for a metabolite of Clostebol, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. The suspension takes effect immediately. "The Phillies continue to believe in and endorse...
MLB has just announced that Phillies 2B Freddy Galvis has been suspended 50 games for testing positive to a banned substance (a metabolite of Clostebol). The suspension is effective immediately.
The Phillies issued a statement on the situation:
"The Phillies continue to believe in and endorse Major League Baseball's drug policy. We also support Freddy Galvis in his determination...
Hundreds of thousands of Freddy Galvis' rabid fans are doubtlessly confused, disillusioned, and angry this morning, as their hero was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for the "PE"D Clostebol. Clostebol is a steroid that was used by East German athletes during the Cold War, so we should probably also suspend Galvis from the upcoming Summer Games in London...
So much of baseball is statistical analysis. In my last piece, I examined where the Phillies would be with a healthy Chase Utley in the lineup rather than rookie Freddy Galvis all based on Win Probability Added and Wins above replacement. With Utley nearing a return and Galvis out indefinitely with back fractures and baseball’s equivalent of a “Shannaban”, this piece will take...